120 « it is even so ". So, the Raya said : " Yon who can find what comes before and after, and who are acquainted with fighting and threats, and victory and defeat, know well (how to do your work.) All of you should take an oil-bath and be ready, for you have to wage war upon the Muhammadans." Then he <*ave them presents and tamlTtla individually and sent them away. ^ pp. 65-9' 129(&). TEH AFFAIRS OF BIJAPUR, While Krsnaraya was engaged in a confidential conver- sation with Ayyamarasa, Marici Eamayya came in, and having announced that the spies had returned from Bijapur, said :— " The spies who had gone to Bijapur saw the city, suburbs, fort, bastions, cavaliers, mahouts, elephants, horses, foot- soldiers, and amaranayakas. They went as far as the gate of the palace called Dadimahal, where, in the audience hall, all the vaziers, captains, and ministers such as Dondo Pant and Hukunda Pant, the envoy of Kutapaiia Malaka, assembled together and held consultations." " Krsnaraya has been contemplating to wage war upon the Mussalmans since his accession to the throne of Karnataka; and to realise his object he has been making efforts (persis- tently). These facts are described in the despatches that have been sent from Vijayanagara. Of the three kingdoms, the Asvapati, the Gajapati and the Narapati. the last mentioned is of course superior; and the other two take rank after it." Mudda Pandit of Golkonda, objecting warmly to this state- ment, said: ulf you talk of the kingdoms, all the three must be regarded as equals. Are there superior and inferior kingdoms?" "(One of the ministers) replied: "The Troopers and mahouts of the Nizam Sahu, are, indeed, noted for their courage (in the battle) ; but as the Nizam is deficient in wealth and &j there is no reason why he should be considered great/'